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The test is meant to push the plane beyond its limits. Engineers had the plane pressurized and on the ground. They loaded it up well beyond capacity and bent its wings in an extreme manner, in a way almost certain to never happen in the real world.
As the ground test was underway and as engineers and FAA inspectors watched, a door blew off the plane.
Sources tell KOMO there was a stunned silence after it happened.
Dr. Curtis said this is not the time to race to conclusions, and it could be something totally innocuous that caused the door to come off. But it could cause delays. "It's unlikely this will speed up certification," he said. "It's more likely it will make the certification team, whoever's involved with Boeing and the FAA, do extra work to figure out what happened.
Investors were disappointed recently when Boeing announced delays in delivering its first 777X model into next year.
originally posted by: RadioRobert
a reply to: manuelram16
Yes, and sometimes things are tested "to destruction". If it's the last test to be performed, and you've accomplished your goals, then one might sometimes say, "well, we know it works and takes abuse. Let's see how exactly how much abuse before she fails." What you don't want is a failure before you meet test goals which leaves you with incomplete testing and a damaged fuselage.
We'll see how it all shakes out and where they lie the blame in time.